Simple Definition of rectify
: to correct (something that is wrong)
Full Definition of rectify
Examples of rectify in a sentence
The hotel management promised to rectify the problem.
<let me get the store manager, and he'll rectify the invoice for your order>
Did You Know?
Which of the following words does not share its ancestry with rectify?
1) direct 2) regimen 3) obstruct 4) correct 5) resurrection Like rectify, four of these words ultimately come from Latin regere, which can mean to lead straight, to direct, or to rule. Correct and direct come from regere via Latin corrigere and dirigere, respectively. Resurrection comes from Latin resurgere, whose stem surgere, meaning "to rise," is a combination of sub- and regere. Regimen is from Latin regimen (position of authority, direction, set of rules), itself from regere. And rectify is from regere by way of Latin rectus (right). Obstruct is the only one of the set above that has no relation to rectify. It traces back to Latin struere, meaning "to build" or "to heap up."
Origin of rectify
Middle English rectifien, from Anglo-French rectifier, from Medieval Latin rectificare, from Latin rectus right — more at right
First Known Use: circa 1529
Synonym Discussion of rectify
correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.
Rhymes with rectify
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RECTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of rectify for Students
: to set or make right <She promised to rectify the problem.>
Medical Definition of rectify
1: to purify (as alcohol) especially by repeated or fractional distillation
2: to make (an alternating current) unidirectional
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